Welcome to the Avonbourne Academies equality page. Here you will find details of how we meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and support our commitment to providing an environment in which each individual has complete equality of opportunities and do not suffer any discrimination, whether directly or indirectly. 

Our General Equality Duty 

In October 2010, the new Equality Act introduced a Public Sector Equality Duty, which requires the Academy to have due regard to the need to: 

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act; 
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; and 
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. 

Protected Characteristics 

There are 9 Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act; Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation. The Equality Duty requires the Academy to consider how our activities affect the people who share these different protected characteristics and to publish information to show how we do this. 

Equality Information 

In order to meet our Equality Duty, we are required to publish Equality Information about how our policies and practices affect those with Protected Characteristics. To this end we have conducted an Equality Analysis to assess and demonstrate our compliance with our Equality Duty. A copy of this analysis is attached as Appendix 1. We will conduct this analysis on an annual basis. 

Equality Data – Information on the Pupil population / Information about our employees. 

Equality Objectives 

As well as publishing Equality Information, we are required to establish at least one Equality Objective to address any areas of inequality, or possible inequality, identified as part of our analysis. We will publish Equality Objectives at least every four years.  

  1. To provide an environment that welcomes and supports inclusivity to all stakeholders through the use of translation services for key documentation and events.
  2. To raise awareness of nationally recognised groups who provide support to those requiring it.
  3. To raise awareness and skills of staff to promote fairness, equality and good relations in the context of their roles and to provide an environment that protects and supports staff through clearer links to policies in new staff induction processes.
  4. To further use performance data to monitor student achievement and respond to variations between groups of learners, subjects, courses, key stages and trends over time.
  5. To continue to raise awareness of the diversity in our student population and promote our initiatives for support through Ban the Banter, #NeverOK, Report and Support and UAB.
  6. To ensure that all students are given the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the life of the school.

Business Planning 

During our business planning process we ensure that we take into account the effect of our decisions on different groups.  We consider if there are any unintended consequences for some groups and whether our business plan will be fully effective for all target groups.  

Further Information 

Further information regarding our commitment to equality can be obtained by contacting Rachel Cann: rachel.cann@avonbourneacademy.org.uk


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